(Closed) I don't like to talk money but…honeyfund

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: for aprox 100 guests you should expect
    Less than £200 : (4 votes)
    16 %
    £200-500 : (2 votes)
    8 %
    £500-£1,000 : (1 votes)
    4 %
    £1,000-1,500 : (6 votes)
    24 %
    £2,000-2,500 : (9 votes)
    36 %
    £3,000-3,500 : (1 votes)
    4 %
    £3,500 and above : (2 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 4
    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think the best thing to do is to not count on any certain amount at all…but you might find something by googling “average honeyfund results” or something.

    Post # 5
    9552 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I recently had to think about this as well, since we were trying to pick the best honeymoon registry site and that depends on how many gifts of how much you will be recieving. It is, indeed awkward, in that you shouldn’t “expect” gifts from people but when planning it is useful to think things through and have some realistic numbers that you “expect” just so you can plan and make life easier for both you and your guests. I think of it like providing a card box or a registry. In general, you “expect” that these might be useful, so you provide them but don’t “expect” that everyone will use them.

    You’re going to have a better idea of what an average gift amount would be in your area than I would. We estimated $30 per adult. Some will likely give more, but we decided it would be better to be conservative. We also estimated that only 1/3 of our guests would choose the honeymoon registry. 

    So if you were to use our calculations (and not count “evening guests” don’t really know what that is -ar e you expecting gifts from them?) then that would only equal about $750. But, we were being conservative. People may give more in your area. And you might havea higher percentage that choose to use the honeymoon registry. Just some things to think about.

    Post # 6
    2708 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Hmmm… I see you are in the UK so I really have no idea how much you should expect. 

    But I will advise that you plan your honeymoon based on what you can afford right now.  I would make sure you can cover all of your flights, hotels, transportation, and must do activities and use any money received from your wedding for the extras.  I would be weary of counting on a certain amount of money.  Sure you might get it, but what if you don’t?  What if you have a slew of guests that decide you need a bunch of ceramic roosters or monogramed garden hoses?

    I would also hate to have to cancel my Honeymoon because I didn’t receive enough cash gifts.  I think it would be terribly awkward to have to answer Honeymoon questions from a guest to contributed with “oh, we didn’t go.”


    Post # 7
    1426 posts
    Bumble bee

    @EnglishWifey:  Only advice: don’t count on your guests to pay for your honeymoon.  Like PP’s have mentioned, plan accordingly to how much you and your Darling Husband can afford right now.  Whatever you receive will be cash in your pocket, than.

    Post # 10
    1293 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    @EnglishWifey:  Assume you will get nothing, and then anything is a bonus. Estimate low and you’ll be (hopefully) pleasantly surprised.

    I am adamantly against asking for money as I don’t think it’s my problem to pay for someone’s house, honeymoon, or whatever (I did all of that on my own at 25, so I know it’s possible). As long as you also have a registry for those who are against it, I don’t think you will face any *wrath*

    Personally, if giving money was the only option I would either not go or give way less than I would if I wasn’t expected to. I hate feeling obligated or expected to do something. I am very generous by nature and I always give big wedding presents…but not if you ask me for them.

    I am not *bashing* you…Just a thought for you to get more, since it seems to be important to you. I would be inclined to give more to someone who didn’t ask me for a handout.

    Post # 12
    257 posts
    Helper bee

    We are planning a simple honeymoon we can afford with no contributions. Then, when we receive money from the Honeyfund, we will add extras into our trip, such as renting a cabin for a night rather than camping (yes, we are outdoorsy people), or taking a guided tour instead of just sightseeing ourselves. I think this is the best method because if [snobby] people choose not to give us money based on the fact that we are “asking” for it, we will still enjoy our honeymoon and not be stretched to pay for it!

    Post # 13
    1293 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    @EnglishWifey:  I wouldn’t give a toaster. We generally give $250 for people we aren’t close to, and $500 for people we actually like. I was merely stating that if I was asked for money, they would get maybe $50 because I find it in poor taste. You will get more if you don’t ask because people won’t be offended. That was my point.

    Post # 15
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We got about $6000 US from our guest list of about 100 (70 attended).

    I think Honeyfund is great! Ignore the haters, especially if it is a standard thing in your circle :-).

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